This evening (Sat., Sept. 12, 2015), Floyd Mayweather had the perfect opportunity to actually entertain. His opponent, Andre Berto, was a terrifically flawed fighter without the one-punch power to make an aggressive fight a risky proposition.
He could have made a good fight. But, predictably, he didn’t.
Mayweather fought exactly like everyone expected him to: Clinching, pot-shotting and circling away from Berto to take a wide unanimous decision win. Berto, bless him, tried so hard, but was so badly outgunned in technique that he never had any consistent success. Floyd outlanded him 2.5 to 1.
And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
The rest of the Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) was actually quite entertaining, though marred by some bizarre judging. The co-main event saw Orlando Salido get off the canvas to throw over 1,000 punches in what looked like a clear win over Roman Martinez. Though Martinez hurt “Siri” early, Salido dominated the middle of the fight with effective pressure and lethal body punching, while an uncharacteristically static Martinez fired back with aplomb. Though Salido faded late thanks to that absurd output, he ended strong in the twelfth.
The judges disagreed, calling the fight a split draw with two opposing 115-113s and a 114-114.
This is, simply put, a robbery. Salido outlanded Martinez in both volume and power. Worse, this isn’t even the first time this has happened with Martinez, as Juan Carlos Burgos beat him in 2013 but was gutted by a draw.
At least we might get a fun trilogy fight out of it.
In the second fight, Mayweather teammate Badou Jack showcased his improvement with a solid win over skilled Englishman George Groves. Though Groves was expected to be the bigger puncher, a right hand sent him to his knees in the fist. After that, Jack’s jabbing prowess and body work carried the day, though Groves landed his fair share of power shots.
Jack ultimately won a split decision, though I personally felt it wasn’t that close.
The evening opened with a quality scrap between Jhonny Gonzalez and Jonathan Oquendo. Gonzalez, one of boxing’s premier glass cannons, dropped Oquendo with a nasty uppercut in the first, only to go down himself to a right cross in the second. From there, Oquendo found success with pressure, but Gonzalez started to time him well with power shots.
Ultimately, Oquendo took home a majority decision on scores of 94-94, 95-93, and 98-90. The latter scorecard is, let’s just say it, absolute garbage.
It’s boxing. What are you gonna do?